Pastel Painter of Urban Landscapes and Traffic / Guest Artist
Opening Reception “From Motion to Stillness”
with DAVE KAPHAMMER May 25 from 2 - 6
Saturday, June 15, 2 pm Demo by Janet Schwartz in the gallery
A life-long educator with a passion for painting, it was a natural progression for Janet to get a degree in art education. For many years after that, she worked in education in the corporate world, putting off her artistic interests while she raised a family, went back to school, and worked full time as a corporate trainer. Her work commute was long and unpleasant but it ultimately led to inspiration. Five years ago, she had her first solo show, Inspired Works, which included paintings from her work environment—office buildings, conference rooms, offices, and traffic—all very bold and with dramatic light. This is where her love of painting traffic and urban landscapes began and consequently led to her leaving a fulltime job to have more time to paint. She currently devotes most of her time to teaching art, doing demos, gallery talks, and creating and exhibiting award-winning paintings throughout New England.
In April, Janet’s painting of the North River in Salem, MA won her Best of Show at the Salem Art Association. In June, she is travelling to Albuquerque NM for the IAPS International Juried Exhibition, where her artwork will be on display in this prestigious show. This is Janet’s third year chairing the much-anticipated For Pastels Only National Juried show on Cape Cod. In September, she will be presenting her painting process at the Mastering Your Mark Art Conference on Cape Cod.
Janet is a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and a member of the Copley Society of Art, the Pastel Society of America, Concord Art Association, Marblehead Art Association, Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Society of New Hampshire and others. Gallery 31 Fine Art is pleased to welcome Janet as a guest artist this spring and invite you to view her beautiful urban landscapes up close and personal at the gallery.
Working from photos gives me an opportunity to work at my own pace and explore my relationship to the image. I like the distance and the distortions that the camera places between the image and me.
Janet’s work includes a cross-section of subjects that range from urban landscapes and seascapes to architecture and natural landscapes, portraits and figuratives, working in pastels, oils, and charcoal and mixed media. She paints rainy, blurry, subjects with an impressionistic style and is especially drawn to the chaos and unexpected beauty of urban landscapes and traffic. A recent move has expanded the source of Janet’s inspirations and subject matter, finding beauty and energy in the shoreline and the sea, and all that comes with it.
She enjoys working from reference photos, especially when her subjects are traffic, rain, or both. It is the energy and element of surprise in the photo, many of them taken at night or dusk, that inspires her. During the painting process, Janet stays focused on her initial reaction to the image and what excited her about it—why she decided to paint it in the first place. She uses contrast, deep perspective and mark-making to convey high energy and drama.